Hockey demands speed, stamina and a mastery of intricate hand-eye coordination. Played by teams of 11, the sport is a long-time Olympic favourite. The Riverbank Arena (pictured below) had a capacity of 15,000 people and was sold out for all sessions of the 14 day competition.
Following the success of Hockey at the London Olympics (Bronze Medal by Team GB Women and a 4th place finish by Team GB Men), Hockey is having a revival in participation at both recreational and competitive level. Hockey, like many other team sports, has the capacity to develop a number of key attributes. Team work and cooperation, leadership skills and mutual respect are but a few. However, the Senior reason we play team sports is for the friendship we develop with our team mates which last a lifetime.
Hockey at Habs
Hockey has been a priority sport at Habs for a considerable number of years. It is played by all year groups, but for the first time in Habs history we have fixtures for our year 7’s, bridging the gap between fixtures in the Prep school and year 8. Hockey at Habs provides a level to suit all abilities. Recreational players will develop their skills and play in small sided games with the more advanced players training for fixtures at the weekend.
The school regularly competes in block fixtures against local schools, including Watford GS, St Albans and Merchant Taylors, as well as school further afield such as Stowe and Bishop Stortford GS. The U14’s, U16’s and 1st XI regularly compete in county competitions with the 1st XI representing Hertfordshire in the East Regional Knockout rounds for the last 3 years.
The school tours every year to the KES Festival in Bath with the 1st XI squad and, for the first time last year, an U16/U15 development squad. In October half term the school also took a senior squad of 17 pupils to Barcelona to play and train against some of the regions best clubs.